Why I Love It When People Post Crap On Social Networking Sites
Social networking has grown my business more than any other marketing method I've used.
And I've tried just about everything...
From flyers on cars to fax blasting or spamming in the early 1990's (when it was still legal and I didn't know any better) onto newspaper & magazine classified and display ads for my MLM products & opportunity, to calling friends and family, cold calling from the yellow pages... buying leads from shady and not as shady lead companies... onto prospecting in the grocery store line or spending over $500,000 within a year in Internet advertising (yes, really).
Truly, I've done just about everything over the years. I've enrolled about 750 people in the process, and at least a few people using the least effective methods above (so glad it's over)!
None of those methods were as satisfying, successful, easy to implement, or as easy to teach and watch others duplicate as social networking.
I have spent a great deal of time teaching people how to duplicate the success I've had... generating well over 5000 leads personally in the last year through social networking alone... and over 20,000 leads through one of my affiliate programs, which teaches others how to use social networking to do what I do.
Why I Love To See Crap On The Social Networking Sites!
Most know me as someone who emphasizes the importance of "giving value" through social networking sites, and how to be a contributor rather than a spammer.
So why would I say in the title of this message that, "I Love It When People Post Crap On Social Networking Sites" when I am always teaching exactly how NOT to do that?
Because I see it as an opportunity... and you can too!
With this opportunity I'm about to describe, you can attract large numbers of people to your lists, and to the products or services you sell. You can stand out in a crowd of people here at BetterNetworker and other social networking locations.
You do it by leading by example-- providing value in the very social networking sites where people spam and pitch and make themselves look like amateurs.
I've already seen some people here at Better Networker come in and post a comment on some of my articles, basically pitching something (and trying to hide it because they know very well it's not cool to do so). But instead of getting upset, I just continue to teach. It's amazing how successful it is to focus on teaching.
Because when you do things the right way while others do things the wrong way, here's what happens:
- You attract more people.
- You attract better people.
- You build relationships because you establish the most important thing of all: TRUST
Using Crap As An Example...
When I see people post crap at a social networking site, I use it as an example of what not to do. I'm not mean about it. I don't see a spammer or self-interested marketer as a competitor, but instead, I see it as an opportunity to assist them (or if they are not receptive, to teach others).
I can kindly write them an email and let them know (in a non-emotional and non-judgmental tone) why their actions could be interpreted as spamming or overly self-promotional. And, if it seems appropriate, I may use their post as an example of what not to do.
Regardless of how I leverage the 'crap' I use it as an opportunity to teach.
You can do this on YouTube, Squidoo, and any of the many social networking sites you come across.
Be Kind If You Use Someone's Name When You Correct a Spammer
This doesn't mean you run around pointing fingers at people, overly focused on those who are overly promotional. In fact, it's almost the opposite. Assume people's best intentions.
Don't be too quick to jump at an opportunity to embarrass someone. Show up as a teacher, and sincerely be there to assist them. If you use someone's name it's important to be extra careful not to offend them. Otherwise, you look mean and this will not attract as many poeple to you. They'll be afraid of your judgment if they make a mistake.
I love it when I find a 'tribe' or community that has a lot of spamming going on. That's a perfect opportunity to come along and lead.
- Lead by example.
- Give value.
- Improve yourself.
- Be humble when you correct others.
- Be kind.
Do these things, and you will generate more leads than you'll personally know what to do with (assuming you have a good lead capture page in place, and you've learned how to get people there through your blogs & other content).
The social networking world offers everyone an even playing field to step up and give. Over time you learn how to direct people to your monetizing strategies (like ebook, subscription sites, your opportunity and products, etc).
If you make it your goal to improve your knowledge and skills, and give first... you'll become, well... a guru that everyone wants to know.
Look for opportunities here at Better Networker and other social networking sites to lead. Look for crap & give value in return.
If you follow through on this, let me know what you experience.
Partners in success!
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